IPL 2021: 3 teams that can choose Suresh Raina if CSK releases him before IPL 2021.
Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021: Often referred to as the “Mr IPL,” Suresh Raina holds numerous records in the cash-rich league to showcase his value. Raina, who has been phenomenal since the inception of the Indian Premier League, is also the mainstay of the squad.
The left-hander is on IPL’s highest getters list and has dominated the list for several years. The 34-year-old cricketer has amassed 5,368 points in the 193 games he has played with an average of 33.34 as well as a strike rate of over 130.
A slight dip can be seen in Raina’s performance chart over the past few years, but her winning shots still hold the same place. He has been out of action since 2018 and has also withdrawn from IPL 2020 for personal reasons.
Lately, reports suggest the veteran may be released by the Chennai Super Kings ahead of IPL 2021. If the reports are to be believed, many other franchises would be happy to enlist the services of the experienced cricketer.
3 teams that can choose Suresh Raina:
Royals of Rajasthan:
The Jaipur-based IPL franchise started its IPL journey on a high note in 2008. IPL’s inaugural season was won by Rajasthan Royals and since then the franchise has been chasing the title. In the 2020 Indian Premier League season, the Rajasthan Royals finished bottom of the points table after the league stages.
With the news that the franchise is likely to release Steve Smith before the 2021 IPL, then it will be more important for them to induct an experienced Indian cricketer.
Suresh Raina can bring a lot of experience to the side and he can cut down on a foreign batsman’s place as well. Rajasthan has made its core with foreign players and now will be the right time for them to take the necessary steps to establish a strong Indian core.
Kings XI Punjab:
KL Rahul led Kings XI Punjab finished 6th in the recently concluded IPL. It was the first time that KL Rahul led the team in IPL and had done a good job. He led his side forward and scored the most points in the 2020 IPL.
The Punjab-based franchise is still looking for its first IPL title. KXIP could take the services of Suresh Raina in the intermediate order.
In Raina’s presence, the KL Rahul led KXIP can get even louder. Raina who has more than a decade of experience can also guide KL Rahul in situations of pressure. Many experts analyzed that KL Rahul made bad decisions in the hot times of IPL 2020 and that this could be reduced in the presence of experienced players like Suresh Raina.
Royal Challenger Bangalore:
Virat Kohli leads RCB is one of those sides that is full of star players. However, the team is still on the hunt for their first IPL title with Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab.
There was some debate around RCB that they were too dependent on Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, but the introduction of Suresh Raina can settle this debate. Raina can act as a solid mid-order batsman and can provide a good finish to RCB.
It will be safe to say that Suresh Raina can end RCB’s search for the first IPL title.
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